Adult Day Care: An Option for Caregivers
As caregivers, we provide support and care for seniors when they need it most. We dedicate our days to ensuring the safety and happiness of others while balancing our own personal responsibilities. Regardless of individual circumstances, caregiving schedules can sometimes make it difficult to manage other daytime tasks.
Adult daycare is an excellent option for seniors and caregivers alike. Unlike residential care communities, adult daycare provides senior services during business hours only. The services provided help seniors delay long-term residential care while giving caregivers the time they need for personal responsibilities.
Services often include:
- Nutrition– Most provide hot, healthy meals with consideration for any special diets as well as morning and afternoon snacks.
- Healthcare Services- Many adult daycares feature in-house clinics that provide medications, tend to minor complaints, and perform routine health checks.
- Transportation– Handicap-accessible vans offer rides to medical appointments, hospital visits, and other important appointments.
- Memory Care– For seniors with mild to moderate memory loss, consistent security and social interactions can be beneficial; many centers also offer memory-enhancing activities as well.
- Therapy/Rehab– Clients recovering from injury can enjoy the convenience of on-site physical and occupational therapists.
- Social Services– Daycares also provide access to senior social workers, senior housing advisers, and benefits counselors; some even provide tax assistance.
- Activities– The activities offered vary throughout the week to ensure seniors stay engaged; this includes exercise, video games, board games, crafts, dancing, music therapy, field trips, and even fishing.
- Safety – Staff and security is always available to assist, unlike community centers were seniors can come and go as they please.
Many caregivers choose adult daycare for a variety of reasons. Daytime senior centers provide more than care, they offer social support that’s difficult to find at home. For caregivers, adult daycare represents an opportunity to take care of personal matters. Caregivers can run errands, have a part-time job, or simply take personal time knowing their loved one is happy and safe.
Adult daycare represents a cornerstone in the continuum of care. Adult daycares often serve as a stepping stone to quality senior care. By providing seniors with access to essential services, they exemplify everything senior care services have to offer.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Jan Werner Adult Daycare for their reliable information and helpful resources. This senior care center currently provides quality services to over 250 seniors for over 30 years.
About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.